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New Law Requires Certain Alcohol Sellers to Have Liability Insurance

Posted: June 6, 2017

Senate Bill 116 (S.116) has been passed!

We are thrilled to report a major victory for victims of drunk driving and their families. Senate Bill 116 (S.116) passed late last week, which now requires businesses that sell alcohol past 5pm for on-premises consumption to carry a minimum $1 million liquor liability insurance policy.  Until this passage, there was no such requirement in place, leaving victims of alcohol-related crimes with few options. The bill passed both the House and Senate with an overwhelming majority of votes and takes effect on July 1, 2017.

Restaurants and bars play a critical role in the prevention of drunk driving. When restaurants and bars over-serve customers who then get behind the wheel, everyone on the road is put at risk. Thankfully, South Carolina has “Dram Shop” laws that protect victims of drunk driving and hold establishments that over-serve patrons financially responsible. And now with the passage of Senate Bill 116, many of these establishments will be required to have at least $1 million in insurance to cover these situations where innocent victims are injured or killed due to the unsafe service of alcohol.

You can read the bill in its entirety here.

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